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Our Staff

Abby Markoe

Executive Director

Abby co-founded SquashWise in 2007 and has served as full-time Executive Director since 2008. In 2018, she was awarded the Feron's Wedgwood Sportsmanship Trophy from U.S. Squash, and is a 2019 recipient of the Nancy Cushman Impact Award from Maryland Squash. She graduated from the Weinberg Fellows Program in 2010, an executive leadership program training Maryland’s nonprofit leaders. Abby served as co-captain of the George Washington University women’s squash team, where she graduated with a B.A. in History and Philosophy of Medicine (2003). She has a background in public health and received a Masters in History of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University (2011).

abbym@baltimoresquashwise.org
Office:: (443) 682-7126

Matt Skarzynski

Program Director

Matt joined SquashWise in 2009 after teaching English at an Islamic boarding school in Malaysia, under a Fulbright Scholarship. He was previously an AmeriCorps Volunteer and later a full-time staff member of the Baltimore Urban Debate League. Matt has a B.A. from the University of San Diego in International Relations. As Program Director, Matt leads our dynamic and committed staff team, ensures program quality, and maintains strong partnerships with students, parents, and schools.

matt@baltimoresquashwise.org
Office:: (443) 682-7126

Zach Bradley

Squash Director

Zach joined SquashWise as an AmeriCorps volunteer in 2012 and has served as Squash Director since 2013. He is a local squash professional with extensive experience coaching youth in the area. He graduated from Gilman and has a B.A. from Tufts University, where he played varsity squash. As Squash Director, Zach plans our coaching curriculum and our tournament and match schedule. He also coaches our High Performance Team and manages our annual events - the Junior Rally and the Jack Laporte SquashWise Rally.

zach@baltimoresquashwise.org
Office:: (443) 682-7126

Katie Rouse

Strategic Priorities Manager

Katie joined SquashWise in 2018, bringing 10+ years of experience in non-profit operations and program development. Katie studied Philosophy at UMBC, and she came to SquashWise from the field of mental health services and advocacy in Maryland. As Strategic Priorities Manager, she leads operations, strategic goal-setting, and grant writing and reporting.

katie@baltimoresquashwise.org
Office:: (443) 682-7126

Alexis Bond

Middle School Academic Director

Alexis joined SquashWise in 2017 after two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Reading Partners. She has a B.A. from Haverford College where she played varsity lacrosse, and a M.A. in Medieval Literature from the University of York. Alexis leads our middle school academic program, planning tutoring and enrichment sessions for students, and forging strong relationships with teachers.

alexis@baltimoresquashwise.org
Office:: (443) 682-7126

Nicola Mohan

College & Career Success Coordinator

Nicola joined SquashWise in 2019 after having served as the Bonner Program Coordinator at Allegheny College. Nicola has her B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Geneseo and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Macro Social Work. After college, she served with Teach for America in Miami-Dade, Florida as a United States History teacher. At SquashWise, Nicola prepares our students and alumni for post-secondary success by providing college advising, career exposure, and enriching summer experiences.

nicola@baltimoresquashwise.org
Office:: (443) 682-7126

Joyce Kasper

High School Academic Coordinator

Joyce joined SquashWise in 2019 after more than a decade as an English Teacher and Literary Specialist in Baltimore City Public Schools. Joyce holds a Masters Degree as a Literacy Specialist from Towson University. She leads our high school academic program, providing tutoring and enrichment sessions for students and support in high school transition and adjustment. She also advises our Student Leadership Council.

joyce@baltimoresquashwise.org
Office:: (443) 682-7126

Olivia Maruca

Alumni Support Specialist (PT)

Olivia served as SquashWise's Middle School Academic Director for four years, after which she went on to pursue her Master's in Special Education and Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. She is now a Special Education teacher in Baltimore City. Olivia continues at SquashWise in a part-time role supporting our alumni in their post-secondary placements.

olivia@baltimoresquashwise.org
Office:: (443) 682-7126